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Unmanned surface vehicles struck Admiral Makarov, flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet


UKRAINSKA PRAVDA – SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 2022, 07:10

At least three ships of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, including Admiral Makarov’s flagship, were damaged by the unmanned surface vessel [USV] October 29 attack.

Source: GeoConfirmed, a volunteer-run outlet mapping the war in Ukraine from geolocations, on Twitter

Details: GeoConfirmed investigators analyzed footage from unmanned surface vessels [USVs are speedboat-size vessels that can pack hundreds of pounds of explosives – ed.]which roamed the harbor and the sea near Sevastopol.

Investigators released footage of an attack on an Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate. They concluded that Admiral Makarov is the only one who fits this description in the Black Sea. Footage stops when the USV hits the ship and explodes.

Another video suggests that the Ivan Golubets, a Natya-class minesweeper, was also attacked. The Russian Defense Ministry said the minesweeper suffered “minor” damage.

One of the videos shows a USV wandering among ships docked in the harbor, possibly looking for a target. Footage stops as the USV hits the ship and presumably explodes. Footage suggests the USV was positioned alongside at least four ships and had made almost a full U-turn to complete the attack.

GeoConfirmed estimates that all available imagery indicates that between six and eight USVs were deployed in the attack, hitting at least three Russian vessels.

GeoConfirmed said Ukraine operates the USVs.

Quote from GeoConfirmed“Based on all available images, it is highly likely that:

  1. USVs penetrated the defense of the port of Sevastopol

  2. > 6 USVs were used

  3. At least 3 ships were hit by a USV.”

Background:

  • On October 29, explosions were reported in the Russian-occupied city of Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula; Russian ships reportedly “repelled a drone attack”.

  • The Russian Defense Ministry said Ukrainian Armed Forces attacked Sevastopol with drones at 04:00 on October 29. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has confirmed the damage to the minesweeper Ivan Golubets.

  • The Russian Ministry of Defense has accused the British Navy of allegedly planning and carrying out “terrorist attacks” against the Nord Stream and Nord Stream-2 gas pipelines. The ministry said preparations for the “attack” on Sevastopol had been carried out under the direction of members of the British Navy, who are believed to be currently in the Ukrainian town of Ochakiv.

  • South Ukraine Defense Forces suspect that failed air defense missile launches by Russian invaders could be behind the explosions in Sevastopol on Saturday.

  • The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced that Russia is suspending its participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative for an indefinite period.

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